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Topobiology: An Introduction To Molecular Embryology

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If you had a complete copy of a dinosaur's DNA and the genetic code, you still would not be able to make a dinosaur—or even determine what one looked like. Why? How do animals get their shape and how does shape evolve? In this important book, Nobel laureate Gerald M. Edelman challenges the notion that an understanding of the genetic code and of cell differentiation is suff ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 21st 1993 by Basic Books (first published November 3rd 1988)
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I will start by confessing that I am not equipped to assess this book’s position in today’s scientific milieu. I read it because of an interest in evo-devo and picked it up second-hand. The book is now nearly 30 years old and both evo-devo and epigenetics have been in a state of revolution ever since. I am not a professional in the field, and can only say that it seems to have been prescient, but without following the literature I could be unaware of it being entirely superseded.

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Gerald Maurice Edelman (born July 1, 1929) is an American biologist who shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work with Rodney Robert Porter on the immune system.[1] Edelman's Nobel Prize-winning research concerned discovery of the structure of antibody molecules.[2] In interviews, he has said that the way the components of the immune system evolve over the life of the individu ...more
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